Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, told Kyodo News on Jan. 21 that there is “no plan B” for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, in spite of a spike in Covid-19 cases in Japan. He said he had no reason to believe that they will not open on July 23 as planned. According to a telephone poll conducted a few days ago by Kyodo News, 44.8 percent of the Japanese people would like nother postponement of the Games – they were originally scheduled to take place in 2020 - while 35.3 percent are in favor of their cancellation. Meanwhile, Kevan Gosper, a former International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president, has suggested that the United Nations might het involved in deciding whether or not the Games should ultimately take place, as it is unrelated to national interests and therefore well positioned to arbitrate on the issue. As previously reported in SGI Europe, a senior member of the IOC, Dick Pound, recently claimed that prioritizing athletes for the vaccine would be the “most realistic way” to ensure that the Games can go ahe.